Police Shut Down Jerry Seinfeld’s Lemonade Stand!


(PCM) We can already see the array of joke material that will be coming from this incident. Police in East Hampton New York swept in an shut down a lemonade stand that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was running with this children after they claimed to have received numerous complaints from neighbors in the area.

It seems that Jerry and his children happened to set up their lemonade stand in an area of their neighborhood that does not allow any type of solicitation or sales to take place. The neighbors became unhappy with the amount of traffic that the lemonade stand was bringing to the area and contacted the local area police to have them shut-down.

Despite being shut down by police the lemonade stand did manage to bring in some money which will be donated to a charity run by Jerry’s wife Jessica call Baby Buggy, which donates clothing to families in need.

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Tips to Avoid Gaining the ‘Freshman 15’

(PCM) “Freshman 15” is a term we’re all too familiar with, but is there any truth to it? Does the average college freshman actually gain 15 pounds in the first year?

Not exactly. “The Freshman 15” is a bit of an exaggeration, according to recent statistics and studies, with students gaining on average about 5-7 pounds in the first year.  But don’t forget, that’s an average. Some freshmen gain more weight than that, and others might not gain any weight at all.

So why do students gain weight their first year in college, anyway? Well, for one, mom and dad aren’t around to make healthy meals anymore, and there are no rules or curfews to stop you from partying all night, every night. Thanks to stress, dining halls, late-night eating, and too much alcohol, the pounds tend to pile on.

But just because you gain this new level of freedom, doesn’t mean you have to gain the weight, too. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the “Freshman 15”!

1. Just because mom and dad are miles away doesn’t mean you should stock your dorm room full of food you know they wouldn’t approve of – chips, cheese puffs, candy, and all the other sugary, fatty junk food that offers little or no nutritional value. It’s okay to keep some snacks in your dorm, but unless you don’t mind welcoming the “Freshman 15”, you better make them nutritious ones. Light popcorn, fruit, veggie sticks, oatmeal, yogurt, nuts and baked chips are all healthy options. These are much better snacks to have in your room when you come home from a night of partying and are ready to eat anything in sight – and while you’re studying too, of course.

2. Eat breakfast. Don’t skip this important meal – ever! Whether you’re trying to skip meals for weight loss or you’re just not a breakfast person, you should eat a little something to get your metabolism going. Plus, it will help keep you from binging later in the day; you don’t want to end up starving at the dining hall, where temptation lurks around every corner. Protein bars, greek yogurt, and instant oatmeal are quick and easy choices.

3. The dining hall can be disastrous; it truly is an all-you-can-eat, all day, every day! First thing’s first: don’t wait until you’re starving to head to the dining hall. At this point, you’ll be so hungry that you’ll not only overeat, but everything will look ten times better and be harder to resist (pizza, calzones, pasta, ice cream – you name it, it all looks good).

This is the first time most students are away from home and have to make their own eating decisions, but just because it’s there doesn’t mean you should eat it! Don’t think you can eat pizza, hamburgers and fries everyday and not gain weight. Unfortunately, it’s bound to catch up to you. Instead, check out all your options in the cafeteria before you make your selections.

The salad bar is always a good choice, as long as you’re mindful of what you pile on it. Obviously, if you are trying to watch your weight you will want to avoid anything fried, creamy, or full of sugar. Skip the croutons, pasta salads, and creamy dressings. This also means trying to avoid the plate of dessert on your way out. Stick with broth-based soups, healthy salads, lean meats, and fruit and vegetables, and watch those portion sizes! Most of the food will be there day after day, so don’t feel like you need to go for seconds or thirds.

4. Drink plenty of water. Studies have shown that people often mistaken hunger for thirst. Besides possibly taking away your “hunger”, water helps speed up your metabolism, rid your body of toxins, and so much more! Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day – more if you’re exercising!

5. As much as college kids may not want to hear it, the truth is, excessive alcohol consumption can truly wreak havoc on your diet. One beer has 100-200 calories, and that adds up fast! Mixed drinks can have anywhere from 80 to 600 calories per drink; if you drink a few of the higher calorie drinks you might as well have eaten a whole pizza.

Mai tais, pina coladas, mud slides, margaritas, and long islands all contain over 500 calories. Rum and coke, Redbull and vodka, and most other drinks have over 200 calories, which can also add up quickly. Not only are you drinking empty calories, but your body metabolises alcohol before food. That means while you’re drinking, everything else is put on hold and stored until the alcohol is burned off. Alcohol also lowers inhibitions, meaning you’re more likely to ditch your healthy diet and eat that big, greasy sandwich everyone’s been raving about. A few nights or more of this every week, and well, you get the picture. Stick to vodka and club soda or other low calorie mixers, and limit yourself to just one or two drinks a night.

6. While the course load might be heavy and hard to adjust to the first year, there’s always time to squeeze in a little exercise. Exercise will not only keep the number on the scale in check, it can also help relieve stress – something most college students suffer from. Most schools offer free gyms that are within walking distance, so take advantage of them! Even just 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week will help keep weight gain at bay. Cardio workouts will help burn calories and speed up your metabolism, and weight training will help you tone up and burn more calories all day long.

7. Find a friend who has the same goals as you. Work together to avoid temptation at the dining hall and late night binging. Encourage each other to workout, or even take fitness classes together. It’s easier when you have friends who support you, not tempt you!

8. Get enough sleep! College students tend to be sleep deprived, whether it’s pulling all-nighters to study or to party. Try to avoid these bad habits! Studies show that sleep allows your brain to process and store material better, so staying up all night to cram for an exam isn’t the best idea. Lack of sleep also affects your appetite and judgement, which can increase hunger and decrease satiation. Aim for no less than 7 hours of sleep every night.

9. Don’t give up if you fall off the wagon and gain a few pounds. It happens. It’s not about depriving yourself or obsessing over the number on the scale, it’s about finding a healthy balance and lifestyle. What, when, and how you eat in college can set the stage for healthy eating habits for the rest of your life. Make mom and dad proud!

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No Time for Breakfast? Make it the Night Before with the Crockpot !

(PCM) No time to make breakfast in the morning? No problem – make it the night before!

Crockpots just may be the secret to getting by in life. Forget trying to whip up a nutritious hot breakfast or even trying to get everyone at the breakfast table at the same time – it just doesn’t work on hectic weekday mornings. Instead, take care of it the night before: simply put all your favorite breakfast ingredients in the crock pot before you go to bed, and wake up to a delicious, perfectly cooked breakfast that everyone can dig into on their own morning schedules.

Crockpot recipes are all over the internet, from food blogs to Pinterest to cooking sites. You can search for breakfast crock pot recipes to get a base recipe to go from, and you’ll be throwing in all your family’s favorites in no time.

Here’s a simple egg casserole recipe to get you started (you can swap eggs for hashbrowns, use different cheeses or egg substitutes, try bacon or taylor ham instead of sausage, add sauteed vegetables, etc.):

Sausage And Egg Casserole from CDKitchen.com

12 beaten eggs
14 slices bread
2 1/4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar or monterey jack cheese
1 pound sausage, cooked and drained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Spray the sides of crockpot. Cut bread into large squares. Make layers in the crockpot of bread, followed by sausage, followed by cheese, ending with a cheese layer.

Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together. Pour over crockpot mixture, cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Red Wine

(PCM) Go ahead and pour yourself another glass of red wine! Here are five amazing reasons to indulge:

1. It relieves stress. While you don’t want to become dependent on alcohol, a little bit of wine in moderation (whether it’s once a week or once a day) can help reduce stress levels. A French study found that women who drink a little wine each day experience less stress than those who never drink a drop, or those who drink too much. The recommended amount is one glass of wine, or 5 ounces.

2. It protects your breasts! According to a study from the Cedars-Sinae Medical Center, red wine contains unique chemical compounds that slightly lower your estrogen levels while raising testosterone levels, which reduces your risk of breast and other cancers. However, drinking more than 1 or 2 drinks per day increases the risk of breast cancer.

3. It may lower risk of heart disease. Recent research suggests that moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease, including lower risk of heart attacks, due to resveratrol and other anti-oxidants in wine. Resveratrol has also been found in studies to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol).

4. It helps block fat storage. Researchers from Purdue University found that piceatannol – a compound found in red wine similar to resveratrol – can help block fat cells from growing! Additional research on resveratrol has found that the compound may prevent fat accumulation and reduce insulin resistance, which lowers the risk of diabetes.

5. It’s good for your brain! Resveratrol has been reported to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It’s even been shown to increase lifespan in animal studies.

So go ahead, pour yourself a glass of wine! Just watch your portion size!

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Is It Possible That Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?


(PCM) It seems now that the very same researchers who discovered evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity have recently discovered that it actually doesn’t exist. In fact their new findings are completely opposite to what was initially discovered. The researchers completed a follow-up study to the one that was completely back in 2011 that founded the theory that diets that contain gluten can be the cause of gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disorder fueled by gluten.

Gluten is a protein that is heavily present in food such as wheat, barley and grains. After the news of the findings back in 2011 that gluten could also cause health issues for people not suffering from celiac disease, the gluten-free food industry skyrocketed. Sales of gluten-free products could hit $15 billion by 2016, while on 1% of Americans actually suffer from celiac disease, nearly 30% are keeping a gluten-free diet.

The gluten protein is found in any normal diet for the average person, so researchers, no satisfied with the initial theory that gluten was the culprit behind the gastrointestinal problems that many people were suffering from decided to test the theory once again. Those who participated in the new research study were given  high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets – even the placebo diet – caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten.

The new study speaks for itself in proving that there was indeed no precise correlation between consuming gluten and suffering from gastrointestinal issues. In fact there could be other dietary triggers that have been wrongly interpreted as gluten-sensitivity that are the ultimate cause of the person’s gastrointestinal distress.   So, be careful of falling on the gluten-free bandwagon as the cause of your gastrointestinal issues could just be all in your head.

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Is there Such a Thing as Negative Calorie Foods?

Negative foods are foods that supposedly take more energy to digest than they contain in calories, resulting in a net loss. The idea is that you can lose weight by consuming a lot of these negative-calorie foods, such as celery, cucumbers, and other low-calorie vegetables.

There have yet to be any reputable scientific studies on negative-calorie foods that prove foods have this effect, however. While these vegetables might not necessarily result in more calories burned than consumed, they are pretty close to it and certainly part of a healthy diet no matter how you look at it. You really can’t overdo it on broccoli or celery!

Here are a few low-calorie foods to include in your diet (and who knows, they just might be “negative”!):

Celery (6 calories per stalk)
Citrus Fruits
Kelp (only 6 calories per 4-ounce serving)
Leafy Greens
Green Beans

For healthy weight loss, and an overall healthy diet, start adding these nutrient-rich foods today!

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